AL-ISFAHANI’S FANDOM IN THE KITAB AL-AĠANI (THE BOOK OF SONGS): AN ANALYSIS OF THE BIOGRAPHY OF IBN SURAYĞ (Al-Isfahani’s Fandom dalam Kitab al-Aġani (Buku Lagu): Suatu Analisis Biografi Ibn Surayğ)

Su I-Wen

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ABSTRACT

This article examines the biography of the musician, Ibn Surayǧ (d. c. 96/714), in the Kitāb al-Aġānī, with regard to how the compiler, Abū al-Faraǧ ʿAlī b. al Ḥusayn al-Iṣfahānī (d. after 356/967), edits his source material (abār) in order to articulate his admiration for the musician, Isḥāq b. Ibrāhīm al-Mawṣilī (155 235/772–850). Through an investigation of al-Iṣfahānī’s repetition and juxtaposition of abār, his fandom is revealed in the article on Ibn Surayǧ, where al-Iṣfahānī shapes the narrative that problematizes a report unfavourable towards Isḥāq while elevating his musical achievement. Although the Kitāb al-Aġānī, as an abār compilation, seems void of authorial voice, and, thus, of originality, examination of the compiler’s editorial work shows his articulation of his own perspective.

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Makalah ini mengkaji biografi ahli muzik Ibn Surayǧ (meninggal abad ke-96/714) dalam Kitāb al-Aġānī tentang bagaimana Abū al-Faraǧ ʿAlī b. al Ḥusayn al-Iṣfahānī (meninggal selepas 356/967) menyunting sumber bahan (aḫbār) dalam kitab al-Aġānī bagi menyuarakan kekagumannya terhadap ahli muzik bernama Isḥāq b. Ibrāhīm al-Mawṣilī (155-235/772-850). Melalui analisis yang dibuat oleh al-Iṣfahānī  berdasarkan pengulungan dan perbandingan dalam aḫbār, fandom beliau ditemui dalam makalah berkaitan Ibn Surayǧ, yang mana al-Iṣfahānī  membentuk naratif yang menyelesaikan kekeliruan daripada laporan berkenaan Isḥāq yang kurang memuaskan, disamping mengiktirafkan pencapaian beliau dalam bidang muzik. Walaupun Kitāb al-Aġānī adalah kompilasi aḫbār yang tidak mengutarakan suara pengarang, namun keaslian analisis daripada kerja-kerja editorial yang dibuat oleh penyusunannya menunjukkan gambaran atau ekspresi daripada perspektifnya sendiri.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


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